Located on the edge of the lower part of Alaska by the edge of British Columbia, Sitka makes a destination for tourists looking for secluded yet beautiful places to stay for a vacation. Those going here can make their way to Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, a public-use port of entry located west of the city. Named after former mayor Rocky Gutierrez, the airport has a single terminal furnished with a jetway. It also has a single runway on a paved causeway jutting off Japonski Island, measuring 6,500 feet long.
This facility in Sitka, being a primary commercial service airport, supports around an average of 60,000 passenger boardings. It resides at an elevation of 26 feet above mean sea level, as it can be found near the edge of the island. Those landing here will not just find commercial flight facilities, as there are also areas meant for serving military aircraft, general aviation, and air taxis.
What to see & do
Sitka is famous for its natural sceneries and a culturally rich community. It has historic ties with Russia, as the area was once occupied by the Russians until the sale of Alaska to the United States in 1867. This has made various places here to become part of the National Register of Historic Places. Such cultural importance is compounded by the natural beauty of the place, which has made this part of Alaska popular for nature lovers. Sitka makes an excellent destination to consider on a trip to Alaska. Residents and tourists alike enjoy fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and biking here, due to the island and coastal views.
Those going here can start with viewing the wildlife in this part of Southeast Alaska. St Lazaria Island at the mouth of Sitka Sound is swarming with sea birds such as puffins, petrels, and more, in the summer season. The volcanic cliffs make an ideal habitat for them, so birdwatchers can look for excursion boats going around within a few feet of the cliffs. The Alaska Raptor Centre is also a landmark to visit, which cares for wounded birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, and owls. Alaskan bald eagles are a frequent patient here, mainly due to accidental or harmful interaction with humans. Those who want to look at the ursines can venture to the Fortress of the Bear, a safe and educational place to view bears. Whale watching, on the other hand, is an experience not to forego, as humpback whales visit many times in a year.
Walking around Sitka is also a marvellous option to consider. The area has a well-developed trail system, such as Gavan hill Trail, whose trailhead is at the end of Baranof Street. This sets tourists on three miles through muskeg, a spruce-hemlock forest, and an alpine environment. The Indian River Trail is also a place to be for hikers who want to stay parallel to the road. The path also goes through the woods behind the houses, which can suit those who want to stay close to the area. The Cross Trail is also another route to consider. Its boardwalk passes through peat bogs, old-growth forests, and intersects Gavin Hill Trail about one mile.
Tourists who love the ocean can also check out fishing areas by the waters around Sitka. It is one of the highest saltwater sport fishing areas for king salmon, which can be a thrill for those who want to bag a big one. Silver salmon, pink salmon, halibut, and ling cod are also a major catch here. Before getting out on a fishing trip, tourists must hire one of Sitka's licensed charter vessels instead to minimise possible concerns during the excursion.
How to get around
When visiting Sitka, tourists can make their way through cruise ships that pass by the waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. The Alaskan ferries in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, as well as the southern U.S. terminal in Bellingham Washington are also options.
How to get there
Tourists planning a trip to Sitka can arrange passage through Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport. Alaska Airlines provide both regular and seasonal flights here, which connect passengers to Juneau, Ketchikan, and Seattle/Tacoma.
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